Kids and smart phone safety tips

Mary Kay Hoal, Family Internet Safety Expert, shares advice for parents on the best methods for keeping your child safe online on their smartphone
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Kids and smart phone safety tips

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You can make your child smart phone safe by turning on the safety settings. Parents, it's really important to understand that when you give your child a smart phone it's the same thing as putting a computer in the palm of their hand. Likely the computer at home you have content filters and other restrictions. While it's easiest to do on the iPhone, you can do it as well on the Android. You can do everything from completely not allowing internet access. You can go to the safety settings and restrict the types of apps that they're able to download, or in app experiences or you can restrict explicit lyrics or the type of content they can see. Next, if you are going to allow your child to browse the internet, get rid of the browser that comes on your child's smart phone and download one of the many free browsers that come on your smart phone that allow your child to safely browse the internet. I encourage you as well to utilize software that will monitor their activities and block concerning sites. Now if you're worried about being able to remember this all or how to do it, don't worry. We have step by step picture instructions at YourSpherehforParents.com

Mary Kay Hoal, Family Internet Safety Expert, shares advice for parents on the best methods for keeping your child safe online on their smartphone

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Mary Kay Hoal

Family Internet Safety Expert

Mary Kay Hoal is a nationally recognized expert on children’s online safety. She is the founder and president of Yoursphere Media Inc., which focuses on the family and publishes the kids’ social network Yoursphere.com. Mary Kay also offers parents Internet-safety information and tips at YoursphereForParents.com. She has been profiled on CNN, Fox & Friends, FOX Business, E!, Lifetime TV, ABC News Now, and The Reader's Digest. Mary Kay is also part of the "Web Avenger" team for ABC's 20/20.

In 2012, Mary Kay founded The Yoursphere Media Foundation and Coalition for Internet Safety Education and Reform (FCISER), which is dedicated to creating a network of community educators that provide children, their parents, schools and communities, with the necessary skills, knowledge and tools they need to have a positive and safer digital experience.

Mary Kay has also been published on sites such as DrLaura.com, Yahoo! Shine and ABC News where she's able to reach millions of parents. 

 

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